Choo leads Cleveland past DetroitJun 16, 2011 - 11:28 AM
Matt LaPorta and Orlando Cabrera each drove in a pair of runs for the Indians, who recorded just their third win in 13 games.
Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona (4-8) posted his first win in seven starts, allowing four runs on eight hits over five innings.
"[Carmona] battled through it. He started throwing his changeup and did a good job," Indians catcher Lou Marson said of his battery mate.
Brennan Boesch had a solo home run and finished with two RBI for the Tigers, who had taken over sole possession of first place in the division for the first time since last July with a 4-0 win in the opener of the three-game series. However, Thursday's game will now decide the series and who takes over first place in the Central for the time being.
Alex Avila went 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBI in the losing effort, while Charlie Furbush (1-1) was charged with the loss after giving up a run on three hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
"They pitched better than we did," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We had Carmona on the ropes, we just couldn't do anything with their bullpen."
Choo had a one-out single in the fifth and scored on Cabrera's double that went into the corner in left to bring Choo all the way home for a 5-4 lead.
Choo found home again in the seventh when he reached on a one-out hit, scurried to third on a wild pitch and touched the plate on a LaPorta groundout to go up 6-4.
The lead would stay that way thanks to the Cleveland bullpen, which came into the game with the third lowest ERA in the American League. Vinnie Pestano and Tony Sipp combined for shutout innings in the seventh and eighth while Chris Perez entered into the ninth to convert his 11th straight save opportunity.
The Tigers jumped on the Carmona and the Indians early as Boesch lifted a two- out solo shot over the right field fence in the first. The inning kept going when Miguel Cabrera reached on an infield single, Victor Martinez doubled into left and Magglio Ordonez drew a walk to load the bases for Avila, who laced a ball up the middle to bring in two runs for a 3-0 lead.
The Indians would charge back in the fourth to take the lead as the first four batters of the inning reached safely.
Asdrubal Cabrera led off with a single and Choo walked to set up LaPorta's RBI single. Orlando Cabrera followed with a single through the left side to plate Choo from second. After Hannahan bunted LaPorta and Asdrubal Cabrera to second and third, Marson lined into right to plate the tying run and Grady Sizemore's sacrifice fly to center took the 4-3 lead.
The edge wouldn't last, though, as Detroit got its first two runners on in the bottom half of the inning after Ramon Santiago singled and slid safely into second on Austin Jackson's grounder to short. Don Kelly moved the two runners to second and third and set the table for Boesch's RBI groundout to knot the score at four.
Perez has 17 saves this season and has converted 27 of his last 28 save opportunities, including last season...Carmona is 8-4 in 18 games (15 starts) against Detroit...Tigers starter Brad Penny lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs in eight hits...Cleveland swept a three-game set from the Tigers earlier in the season at Progressive Field and has won seven of eight in the series.
- CLEVELAND: 6
Jun 15 10:41 PM
- Matt LaPorta grounded out third to first scored Shin-Soo Choo.. None on with two outs and Orlando Cabrera due up.
Indians 6, Tigers 4 Top 7, 2 OutsJun 15 9:55 PM
- Orlando Cabrera doubled to left scored Shin-Soo Choo.. Runner on second with two outs and Jack Hannahan due up.
Indians 5, Tigers 4 Top 5, 2 OutsJun 15 9:06 PM
- Brennan Boesch grounded out second to first scored Ramon Santiago. On the play, Austin Jackson advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Miguel Cabrera due up.
Indians 4, Tigers 4 Bot 4, 2 OutsJun 15 8:50 PM
- Grady Sizemore sacrifice fly out to center scored Orlando Cabrera. Runner on first with two outs and Carlos Santana due up.
Indians 4, Tigers 3 Top 4, 2 OutsJun 15 8:32 PM
- Lou Marson singled to right scored Matt LaPorta. On the play, Orlando Cabrera advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Grady Sizemore due up.
Indians 3, Tigers 3 Top 4, 1 OutJun 15 8:27 PM
- Jack Hannahan sacrifice bunt to pitcher. On the play, Orlando Cabrera advances to second and Matt LaPorta advances to third. Runners on second and third and with one out and Lou Marson due up.
Indians 2, Tigers 3 Top 4, 1 OutJun 15 8:25 PM
- Matt LaPorta singled to left scored Asdrubal Cabrera. On the play, Shin-Soo Choo advances to second. Runners on first and second with none out and Orlando Cabrera due up.
Indians 1, Tigers 3 Top 4, 0 OutsJun 15 8:21 PM
- Alex Avila singled to center scored Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. On the play, Magglio Ordonez advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Jhonny Peralta due up.
Indians 0, Tigers 3 Bot 1, 2 OutsJun 15 7:30 PM
- Brennan Boesch two-out, solo Home Run (9) to right. Miguel Cabrera due up.
Indians 0, Tigers 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsJun 15 7:19 PM
- CLEVELAND: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 15 7:06 PM
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